In the latest episode of Boardroom’s “Out of Office” podcast, Rich and Gianni have lots to discuss. In a week of major headlines, they get into Naomi Osaka’s decision not to do media interviews at the French Open, which led to a fine — and ultimately to her decision to withdraw. Rich and Gianni tackle the complex sides of her decision, and what it means for one of the world’s most influential athletes to declare her mental health a priority over competing in an event.
They also give props to super agent Rich Paul of UTA/Klutch Sports following The New Yorker’s deep dive on how he’s impacted the business of basketball and helped fuel the player empowerment movement. They also chat about recent developments in the crypto and collectibles space and tease a big announcement on Sabrina Ionescu’s collab with Boardroom.
Rich also gets personal, talking about challenging periods in his own life that have given him far greater empathy for people, including wealthy athletes, contending with mental health challenges. And of course, Rich and Gianni marvel at KD’s performance in the playoffs and the Nets’ tougher matchups going forward.